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Central Lakes College-Brainerd Reviews

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  • 01/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are security guards roaming around. the cafeteria staff seem to have a good handle on sanitation and there are drills and procedures set in place and practiced and the staff knows what to do. there is safety equipment easily accessed throughout the labs and school. harassment does not seem to be an issue either. i have never felt unsafe there.

    Greek Life

    i don't know what to say about this.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are clubs for everything! if you don't find a club you want to join you can always start one too. i've never been in one of the clubs but i have heard good things.

    Great for these types of students

    students on a tight budget can usually afford to attend here. students who want small class sizes and good disability services also could attend here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are many places to study in the sun or a computer commons or a hallway or the library. you can always find plants everywhere, there are even 15 foot cactuses near the cafeteria.

    Bang for the buck

    the tuition is not high! books are the most difficult thing to pay for and financial aid is available.

    What to do for fun

    there are pool tables and computers available at all times during regular hours. there are ski trips and snowboard trips lined up. there are various tournaments every month ranging from call of duty tourneys to volleyball and basketball. there are also international trips available to sign up for and there is a weight room for students to use and a gym, a track and a football field. if you are looking for something to do with the college there is something you can find to fill your spare time.

    Food and Dining

    the cafeteria has okay food. i have never had gross food there but the variety is not close to what you might expect of a college. there are several choices but not many. this is due to its small size as a college.

    Dorm Life

    i do not live in a dorm myself but i have been in them and they are not too impressive. they range from nice and pretty clean to dirty and old.

    Academic Rigor

    this school is not particularly difficult academically. there are certain classes that are very tough to pass but they are for professional workers and it is very necissary.

    Tips for prospective students

    get you financial aid applications in early, otherwise they will take a long time to process them. if you take online classes there you need to communicate with the professors regularly and honestly or you may not succeed. also, use the printing account you have at the school, that way you don't use your own ink and paper up and you already paid for it wether you use it or not anyways.

    In three sentences

    central lakes college is a relatively inexpensive college. the professors there is generally very easy to work with and the class sizes are small. i enjoy going to school there and i like the smaller classes because i can have one on one contact with the instructors.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    very good food, lots of choices.

    Dorm Life

    i don't live in the dorms, central lakes does not have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    very good!

    In three sentences

    i think central lakes college is a very good school with many great teachers and excellent staff helping you whenever you need help.i am taking classes towards my practical nursing, i love it!

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of clubs on campus, but the wide dispersement of students (from all over the Brainerd Lakes Area), makes some of them smaller than they should be. CLC offers some activities as well, but communication of these events is not always great.

    Great for these types of students

    Non-traditional students will find a variety of class schedules and programs to help them find a new career. They also offer PSEO, which makes it a great choice for High School students (Juniors and Seniors).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cube is an interesting lounge area on the second floor.

    Bang for the buck

    The AA degree provides a fantastic degree that is 100% transferrable in the MNSCU system, and even to many surrounding states' colleges and universities as well. Other degrees can transfer easily as well, although obscure ones may be less useful.

    What to do for fun

    Frisbee golf, some concerts and shows, and clubs provide a variety of opportunities on campus.

    Food and Dining

    While the campus has a variety of vending machines and an on-campus cafeteria, prices are high and service isn't that great. I suggest bringing your own food, unless you want to spend the extra money.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor varies greatly depending on instructor, classes, and the program. Check with the instructor and previous students to determine how hard it will be. There are some classes that are an easy A, and others that will challenge you. Something for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply and register for classes early. Many fill up quickly. Even if you are late, get on the waiting list, as many people drop classes leading up to class time, and even in the first week of classes.

    In three sentences

    CLC is conveniently located, offers a variety of useful programs and class schedules, and has some faculty that is interested in your success, although not all are. It is an excellent place to begin a transfer to a new career, or prepare for transfer to a 4-year college.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Some classes are expensive, but all around pretty affordable.

    What to do for fun

    Swimming, boating, fishing

    Food and Dining

    There are many options for food nearby, an Olive Garden of Red Lobster would be nice though...

    Dorm Life

    Central Lakes College does not have dorms, but there are apartments across the street and close by. Pretty reasonable prices..

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not very hard. You do need to go to class and do the work to be successful though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for classes as soon as you can, they fill up fast.

    In three sentences

    Nice college, nice people. Not terribly expensive. Nice variety of classes.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe and clean. It's a great environment!

    Clubs and Activities

    Wide variety of available clubs and athletics with strong memberships and interesting opportunities.

    Great for these types of students

    Good for anyone who wants to succeed. If you just want to party, stay in High School.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cube is an interesting second-level lounge. There's a lot of events that take place on campus over the year, including a strong international presence.

    Bang for the buck

    It's an exceptional community college - you get a lot out of it and pay much less than anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    There's a decent selection of music opportunities, including choirs, jazz band, and community band. There's a frisbee golf course on campus. 1/2 mile indoor walking circuit. A variety of sports options as well.

    Food and Dining

    Forget about the cafeteria - it's not worth it. If you don't mind paying more for average food, go for it... But if you're on a budget, go to Burger King or pack a lunch.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes aren't intense as long as you show up and do the work! Different instructors expect different things, so just be sure to check with them on what they want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out EZEnrollment day and just jump in. Standard college tips apply, and make sure to get to know your instructors. Otherwise, just show up and do the work!

    In three sentences

    Quick and painless enrollment. Competent staff and teachers. Excellent support services.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    6 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security prowls around all day and is always on top of things that need to be taken care of.

    Clubs and Activities

    A wide variety of clubs and sports to help keep the students out of trouble and involved with other students who have similar interests.

    Bang for the buck

    you get the credits you need and the proffesors help students to understand the lesson the best they can.

    What to do for fun

    you can join sports or clubs that fit your interests. there is a wide variety of activities.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has some really delicious food. It does not taste like cardboard, unlike high school food.

    Dorm Life

    apartments right across from the college make it super easy to get to and from classes. Neighbors are nice and friendly and do help if you need it, just help them out in return if they ask for it.

    Academic Rigor

    Central Lakes college is rigorous and does require much studying. If you slack off you will fail.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take College classes in high school it saves you money and gets you through college a little bit quicker.

    In three sentences

    Central Lakes College, or CLC, is a great community college. The faculty and professors are nice and understanding and always able to help. Students get help from advisers, tutors, and professors.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is always a security officer present at campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have been invited to activities but haven't participated in any.

    Great for these types of students

    Non-traditional students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Only taking online classes so haven't spent a lot of time on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that CLC is a good value

    What to do for fun

    CLC has lots of student activities which have a lot of appeal

    Food and Dining

    haven't experienced

    Academic Rigor

    Being out of school for 32 years, I found that getting back into schoolwork was difficult, but so far so good!

    Tips for prospective students

    CLC employees seem to really want to help, so don't be afraid to ask stupid questions.

    In three sentences

    CLC is easy to enroll in. The employees are helpful and cheerful. The instructors that I have worked with are respectful.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Non-traditional, mature, PSEO

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I really like the bean bag area in the library for reading.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheapest community college in the state, as far as I know. They also don't have an instate and out of state tuition difference. Warning: It is more expensive to take classes online.

    What to do for fun

    Going to the Raiders games (for all sports) can be fun, if they are home games. I also really like Cultural Thursdays and the Frisbee Golf Club.

    Food and Dining

    There is not much available here for food, I always pack my lunches so that I can stay and do homework in the library. Breakfast is a popular thing to eat here, but nothing else.

    Academic Rigor

    My high school was bigger than this college, and the work load in high school was much harder for me than it is here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be persistent about communicating with administration. They will not help you unless you demand it.

    In three sentences

    This is a commuter, non-traditional, campus. If you are looking for the college experience it is not here. Lots of PSEO students, and mature students. Most of the students know each other from high school and are not welcoming to new friends.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    9 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All students, from fresh out of high school to non-traditional students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a great program with the local reservation where they have a satellite school. This is the program I am in, it promotes a sense of pride in culture.

    What to do for fun

    I don't know. I just do my work and go home.

    Food and Dining

    I am taking my classes at one of the satellite programs, I don't know about the food they offer.

    Dorm Life

    They do not have dorms, you must find your own housing. There are apartments across from campus though.

    Academic Rigor

    They hold the same standards but allow assistance if you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask questions that apply to your needs, you should find out if they have the same class you want or need at a time that is convenient. Ask for help, it's there for you.

    In three sentences

    Central Lakes College-Brainerd has that small school feel with the multicultural diversity of a much larger school. I like the fact that they have many options of places to take classes, you aren't tethered to the main campus, but rather can find classes that suit you closer to home.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The custodians are out very early in the morning to get the parking lots and sidewalks snowplowed.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have too many clubs to list.

    Great for these types of students

    They also work really well with students with disabilities. The greenhouse is a peaceful and enjoyable place.

    Bang for the buck

    Thee tuition is very reasonable and you have many ways of getting help.

    What to do for fun

    The college usually has something going on most of the time. There is a movie theater, there is snow mobiling, ice fishing, summer fishing, boating, and several little fairs in the area.

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of fast food type places and there is a variety of fine dining in the area.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot judge dorm life I do not live on campus. They don't actually have dorms, but there are plenty of housing within walking distance that are designed for the college student.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to keep up but the most important way to keep up is to attend classes. There is always some type of homework to be done. You have the homework but you always have enough time to do the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love the horticultural field and plants this is the school for you. With a very large and nice greenhouse, you can really get into your studies. The program is a 2yr. program and you can go on to landscaping, environmental studies or floral design.

    In three sentences

    Their horticulture program is great. The instructors seem to really love the subject they are teaching to us. They really want to make sure you succeed.

  • 11/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Campus is very safe security is pretty much every where. But it is a very nice town where pretty much every one is nice and friendly. Minnesota nice

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a ton of clubs and activities. Weather it be all types of sports, or different types of clubs they have pretty much anything you can think of !

    Great for these types of students

    looking to transfer to a bigger university, getting a certain certificate, or just getting a couple of college courses out of the way

    Bang for the buck

    CLC is a very affordable school to get a lot of classes out of they way instead of going to a big university and spending a lot of money .

    What to do for fun

    They always have activities and social events going on. Every week there is always something. Weather it be going to a hockey game or a baseball game. Or just be going to watch the Raider football or basketball games.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is great they have a lot to choose from where it be something healthy or just a little snack .

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life isn't very big. Almost everyone that goes to school there is a local

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are there for their students and are willing to do anything to help there students succeed .

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to transfer to a big university this is a great affordable way to do it. You will definitely enjoy your time there. Also enjoy the people and the atmosphere there as well.

    In three sentences

    The clases are great they have a lot to choose from.The teachers are great, They care more about just the class they care about their students and wanting them to succeed. It is just a friendly atmosphere and the people at the college are are friendly and nice people.

  • 11/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs and activites to choose from.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is awesome.

    Dorm Life

    There are currently no dorms but there are apartments close to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It is awesome. People are always willing to help you out.

  • 11/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Are constant patrols around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    many with lots to do in all of them.

    Great for these types of students

    NR and Hort

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The madalion hunt is a blast.

    Bang for the buck

    Very good value.

    What to do for fun

    Fish, hunt, ski, thiis area has a lot to do.

    Food and Dining

    Good cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Didn't stay in them, lived off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It will keep you on you toes. Teachers will keep you learning all week long and into the weekends sometimes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come ready to learn.

    In three sentences

    Smaller class sizes are great. Teachers are very helpfull. Transfer credits are taken at most all colleges.

  • 12/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 15

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Take care of my child

    Food and Dining

    I eat healthy

    Academic Rigor

    criminal justice

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are not ready for the demands of college, do not apply

    In three sentences

    Central Lakes College is a very nice school, it has great and informative teachers. The bookstore is on top of things, and your order will not be late. Lastly, the professors are understanding and flexible.

  • 05/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 15

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Great variety of online classes. Professors are accessible. If one needs help, one only needs to ask.